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03-21-2016, 02:24 AM
I encourage looking at these threads, topics and posts today ...

A reminder of the place of Ethics and Precepts for Engaged Activity ... (and about our upcoming ZENATHON TOO!) ... SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Engaged Ethics (& Zenathon for Treeleaf's 10th Anniversary) ...

I would like to point everyone to our upcoming ZENATHON, for 10 days starting April 1st (March 31 in some places) through April 10th, marking the 10th Anniversary of Treeleaf Sangha. Sangha members and friends will be sitting somewhere in the world, in all time zones, to mark the event. We are also very fortunate to be able to celebrate together with the traditional day marking Buddha's Birthday in Japan, April 8th (details on that soon).

More information on signing up for ZENATHON is HERE:

ZENATHON SIGN-UP SHEET (Zazenathon Sign-up Sheet for Treeleaf's 10th Anniversary!)

As part of all this, let us keep on feeding the Hungry ...

Please sit any place any time OUR March MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! ... (featuring a little Talk on Master Dogen's Space) ...

... as well as our March 18th-19th Treeleaf Weekly Zazenkai ...

Is life but a dream (literally)? ... This is an illusion, why stay in it? ...

If you have the time ... some observations about time ... the present only ...

Question about how to treat Buddhist texts ... are they sacred or just words on paper or a bit of both ...

Bringing Zazen into all of life ... Very personal question about Jundo´s Thread: "A vital reminder on zazen” ...

Zazen with physical pain or illness ... not a panacea or cure, but lets us be one with what we are handed ... Zazen with Chronic Illness ...

Zazen Leads To Increased Creativity ... and also to some skepticism about recent research on meditation ...

... and a special mention for all those creative folks:

More information in the coming weeks, open to anyone who either practices an art-form, or who is seeking to develop an art-form ... Announcing the Treeleaf Art Circle ...

I am so glad if this place and the practice are benefiting you. If so, you might consider a DONATION to Treeleaf at this LINK (http://www.treeleaf.org/donations-to-treeleaf-sangha/), although there is absolutely no need or requirement to do so. Thank you.


In a Zen Monastery, SILENCE or A FEW WISE WORDS are cherished over MANY WORDS. Thus, I advise folks to restrain the need to speak unless the heart truly calls. If you find yourself posting many times each day, maybe consider what truly needs to be said ... and when it is best just to answer with silence and an inner Gassho.

SILENCE OR A FEW HESITANT WORDS OF FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT OFTEN SPEAK MOST PROFOUNDLY. Post when it is truly important to you and needs to be spoken from the warm heart.

(too much silence or shyness can also be excessive ... so take the Middle Way!)

Also, to those who may get lost among the many threads and conversations in our Forum, please think of a monastery made of wood or brick, with 100 monks holding 10,000 conversations in the hallways, kitchen, Abbot's rooms and library (I assume no chatting in the Zendo where people sit Zazen).

Would you need or want to hear or join in all or most conversations? Of course not! You would, at best, pick and choose the conversations relevant and helpful to you.

So here too in our Sangha, NO NEED TO READ EVERY CONVERSATION: Try to note the ones that seem helpful to your Practice or interests, leave the rest. The above threads are a few suggestions.

Oh, and we do ask folks to note that they have SAT ZAZEN THE PREVIOUS DAY BEFORE POSTING IN THE FORUM (please read about that here):


Gassho, Jundo